Bookshots is a new concept by the author James Patterson. To quote the Bookshots website “BOOKSHOTS are all-new, original stories that feature a complete, cinematic storytelling experience in 150 pages. Characters include favorites like Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, and the Women’s Murder Club. For readers with busy schedules, BOOKSHOTS is the answer.”
Some of the books are written by Mr Patterson himself, others by authors he’s chosen – and that is where this book comes in – and most excitingly, it’s written by someone I went to school with (well, he was at the boys school next door – but we shared a sixth form block!)
When Lee posted on Facebook about this (he’s been writing for years at random times of the day and night whilst also working for the BBC and having a gorgeous little – very little at the start as she was really prem – daughter with his wife) I immediately pre ordered it from Amazon. But I’m always nervous reading something written by someone I know – I want to be able to write a glowing review – but what if it’s really cringey? Or just downright bad? Or, biggest crime to me, full of typos and bad grammar?!
Well – I need not have worried one bit – it was fantastic!
This is what the Amazon blurb had to say:
“One point away from winning the French Open, tennis star Kirsten Keller breaks down and flees the court in tears.
Keller has been receiving death threats. Terrified and desperate, she hires former Metropolitan police officer Chris Foster to protect her at Wimbledon.
As the championship progresses, Keller’s tormentor gets ever closer. And the threats become horrifyingly real.”
The book had me intrigued from the start – and I immediately wanted to know more about the characters. One of my concerns about it being short was that they wouldn’t be fully fleshed out – but they really were.
I was also concerned (honestly, I shouldn’t have read this with all of these ‘concerns’!) that it would have to be predictable because there wouldn’t be time to build the story – but again, I was very wrong! I smugly thought I’d predicted who the ‘baddy’ was early on – but I was totally and utterly incorrect.
The setting of Wimbledon was very timely given that it’s in a few weeks – and having been to the championship, it was nice to recognise the setting – similarly with some of the London narrative.
It is fast paced and difficult to put down – you could easily read it on a plane flight to Europe this summer in a oner – but I didn’t feel short changed, and that the story should have been longer (which interestingly I do often feel with some longer books!) I would definitely consider downloading more Bookshots in the future for when you don’t want to wallow in a book for ages.
All in all a fantastic read – and I look forward to reading more of Lee’s books in the future.
Phew – concerns all answered!!